Dr. Otonichar's Belief

Contextual Framework

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Suffering is a normal part of the human experience. It can drive personal growth, inspire novel ideas, fuel creativity, and—in problematic situations—precipitate the pursuit of change. The act of suffering can strengthen an individual and can lead to a sense of meaning. Frequently, however, suffering does not provide such benefits or a sense of purpose. To the contrary, in fact, mental and emotional suffering can often actually hinder an individual from leading a life of vibrancy and from achieving one's goals.

Mental and emotional suffering can be complex and can have subtle effects—dampening the senses, tempering joy, and limiting success with both personal and professional relationships and pursuits. This lurking impact can often manifest as stagnation and can keep a person from realizing her or his dreams. It is perhaps most tragic that, even in a crowded city, the most profound suffering is often experienced alone.

Therapeutic Approach

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Each of us has a story. Some of our experiences we share openly with others, while some are deeply personal and private. I respect the sanctity and the privacy of the patient-doctor relationship and consistently practice strict confidentiality.

As a physician and therapist, I believe that mental health is characterized by flexibility and fluidity of both thought and intention. I take a balanced and gentle approach in my treatment style and respect the highest standard of privacy. I greatly enjoy helping individuals work to live more authentically and to achieve a greater sense of fulfillment.

I have helped many individuals with excessive worry, low self-esteem, stress, low mood, challenging life-circumstances, as well as those who merely feel stressed or overwhelmed. I am comfortable working with higher functioning individuals who simply no longer feel as fulfilled in their lives as well as those who struggle with more debilitating mental health problems.

I am experienced in treating those with anxiety disorders, narcissistic personality disorder, adjustment disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia (and other psychotic illnesses), addictions, panic disorder, complex PTSD, and other personality disorders. I am meticulous with my use of medications and work carefully to try to help individuals unlock underlying patterns that may perpetuate stagnation. I offer and use medications when they will be helpful but have often found talk therapy to be one of the most effective ways to achieve enduring change.